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Helping Older Victorians Live Happier And Healthier Lives

25 July 2018

Four local councils across regional Victoria will receive grants to improve access to transport, services and support – to help tackle social isolation and loneliness and help older Victorians live happier, healthier lives.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today announced the Age-Friendly Communities Grants, program will provide $100,000 each to Mansfield Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Wangarratta Rural City Council and Warrnambool City Council – communities with a high proportion of seniors.

Past projects have funded online hubs of information on local social activities and services for older people, age-friendly ambassadors to support seniors to engage and re-connect with activities, subsidised driving lessons to increase confidence and better community transport options to attend appointments.

Seniors in the Dandenong and Brimbank regions will also benefit from a new Andrews Labor Government program to build their understanding of the services and supports available to them.

Australian Unity will receive a grant of $100,000 to deliver the Community Participation for Seniors from Emerging Communities program for 12 months.

Research from Australian Unity shows there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of government services among older people – particularly in many recently arrived migrant communities.

Many of these people have low English language skills and are isolated from their community because they lack confidence and knowledge of the services available to them.

Activities from past funding include the creation of a local vegetable garden, social excursions and information sessions with local government officers to learn how and where they can better connect with their community.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“We’re proud to be supporting communities right across Victoria to keep senior residents connected and engaged with services, healthcare and social activities.”

“Older Victorians have contributed so much to our state. This is about giving back to them, and making sure they are supported to live happy, healthy lives and stay active in their communities as they grow older.”

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